PM Khan grieves rise of Islamophobia in Europe

By Staff Reporter
Thursday – November 5, 2020
ISLAMABAD: The prime minister (PM) Imran Khan shared concern on the rise of Islamophobia worldwide, particularly in Europe, with Bosnia and Herzegovina presidency chairman Sefik Dzaferovic, Wednesday, the publication of blasphemous caricatures and issuance of divisive statements in the name of freedom of expression had hurt the sentiments of Muslims globally.

According to a press release, PM Khan received Bosnia and Herzegovina presidency chairman Dzaferovic, in the federal capital, the two leaders held a one-on-one meeting, followed by delegation-level talks.

The PM underlined that there is a need for understanding the special reverence that Muslims have for the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and reiterated Pakistan’s condemnation of the recent terrorist attacks in Europe.

Underlining the importance of respect for every religion, he underscored the need for assiduous efforts to promote inter-faith harmony.

PM Khan apprised Bosnia and Herzegovina presidency chairman Dzaferovic of the grave and systematic human rights’ violations in the Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK), as well as the adverse consequences of India’s unilateral and illegal actions of August 5, 2019, and the threat posed to peace and security in the region.

He thanked Bosnian and Herzegovinian presidency for its principled stance on the issue.

Bosnia and Herzegovina presidency chairman Dzaferovic reiterated Bosnian and Herzegovinian position regarding the grave situation in the IIOJK, stressed respect for human rights and called for the resolution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute in line with relevant united nations (UN) security council (UNSC) resolutions.

PM Khan stated that Pakistan shares brotherly affinity with people of Bosnia and Herzegovina and that the relations between the two countries were marked by mutual support at times of need.

He added that Bosnian and Herzegovinian assistance on the occasion of 2005 earthquake and the 2010 floods in Pakistan were deeply appreciated.

PM Khan highlighted Pakistan’s effective efforts in fighting COVID-19 (coronavirus) through ‘smart lockdowns’ strategy that focuses on saving lives, securing livelihoods, and stimulating the economy.

Noting the efforts made by Bosnia and Herzegovina to contain the pandemic, the PM announced Pakistan’s intention to provide material assistance to the Bosnian and Herzegovinian side in combating the pandemic.

Bosnia and Herzegovina presidency chairman Dzaferovic highlighted the close cordial ties between Pakistan and Bosnia and Herzegovina and expressed gratitude for Pakistan’s important role in advancing peace and stability in Bosnia and Herzegovina as part of the UN peacekeeping mission during the Bosnian war and later during the stabilisation process.

The two leaders exchanged views on the entire gamut of bilateral relations and agreed to further deepen mutual cooperation in all fields, especially in the economic, trade and investment, science and technology, defence, educational and cultural arenas.

It was also agreed to maintain frequent bilateral exchanges, including at the highest level.

Following the talks, the two sides signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on scientific and technological cooperation as well as the readmission agreement.

Bosnia and Herzegovina presidency chairman Dzaferovic extended a cordial invitation to PM Khan to visit Bosnia and Herzegovina, the PM accepted the invitation and said he looked forward to visit Bosnia and Herzegovina at an early date.

The ministers and senior advisers were part of the delegations on both sides during the one-on-one meeting and the delegation-level talks.